Sale 962 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Friday, 24-26 September, 2008

Category — 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2533
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Sale 962, Lot 2533, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)1c Ultramarine (246). Mint N.H. horizontal pair with full top imprint selvage, oversized margins and handsomely centered, bright pastel color on crisp paper, natural short gum at top, few light natural gum wrinkles, Extremely Fine Gem, extraordinary

190
160
2534
ogbl
2c Pink, Ty. I (248). Left imprint and plate no. 25 block of 48 (8 x 6) with natural s.e. at top, original gum, four h.r. (three of these s.e), others incl. plate block Mint N.H., two stamp natural wrinkle (neither in the plate block of six), wonderfully fresh, small separation at right, Fine-Very Fine, lovely multiple

4,120
1,100
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2535
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Sale 962, Lot 2535, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)2c Carmine, Ty. I (250). Mint N.H. with wide selvage with part imprint at right, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $340.00 as 90, $1,150.00 as 95)

85
400
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2536
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Sale 962, Lot 2536, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)2c Carmine, Ty. II (251). Original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $730.00)

350
375
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2537
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Sale 962, Lot 2537, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)8c Violet Brown (257). Original gum, barely hinged, exceptional margins and nicely centered, Extremely Fine, with 1991 P.F. certificate for horizontal pair (right stamp)

175
375
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2538
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Sale 962, Lot 2538, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)50c Orange (260). Block of four, original gum, bright shade and exceptionally choice centering, fresh and Very Fine-Extremely Fine, with 2006 P.F. certificate noting horizontal perfs are strengthened (of no significance since this is previously hinged), centered blocks of the Bureau issues are getting rarer every day

2,750
900
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2539
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Sale 962, Lot 2539, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, lightly hinged, exceptionally wide margins and nearly perfectly centered, beautiful impression on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SIMPLY WONDERFUL LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-DOLLAR TYPE I 1894 FIRST BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1985 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,450.00). Only two others share this grade

1,200
4,500
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2540
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Sale 962, Lot 2540, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, lightly hinged, attractive margins and beautifully centered, Very Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

1,200
800
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2541
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Sale 962, Lot 2541, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, lightly hinged, wide margins and intense color on crisp paper, Very Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

1,200
600
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2542
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Sale 962, Lot 2542, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, uncommonly wide margins, Very Fine and attractive, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

1,200
600
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2543
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Sale 962, Lot 2543, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$1.00 Black (261). Original gum, intense shade on bright paper, reperfed at left, Fine appearance

1,200
300
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2544
 
Sale 962, Lot 2544, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$1.00 Black (261). Extraordinary Jumbo margins, well-centered, part of oval numeral grid from a duplex cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2008P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $560.00 as 85, $910.00 as 95), this is the only one in this grade with only three higher

350
375
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2545
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Sale 962, Lot 2545, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Original gum, lightly hinged, fabulous margins and centering, intense color on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE PERFECT ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TYPE II 1894 FIRST BUREAU ISSUE FOR THE DISCRIMINATING COLLECTOR.

With 1990 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,300.00). The P.S.E. Population Report indicates only two others share this high grade (one Mint N.H.) with three higher (one 95J and two 98)

2,400
4,500
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2546
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Sale 962, Lot 2546, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Original gum, lightly hinged, exceptionally wide and balanced margins, intense color and clear impression

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 TYPE II UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $4,950.00)

2,400
3,750
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2547
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Sale 962, Lot 2547, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Original gum, detailed impression, few small flaws, otherwise Fine

2,400
500
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2548
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Sale 962, Lot 2548, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Slightly sweated original gum, rich color, unusually wide margins, Extremely Fine, with 1985 P.F. certificate

3,250
1,100
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2549
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Sale 962, Lot 2549, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, minor h.r., intense shade and impression, well-balanced margins

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

The $5.00 Bureau issue on unwatermarked paper is much more difficult to find with wide margins than its watermarked counterpart.

5,000
1,900
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2550
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Sale 962, Lot 2550, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)2c Carmine, Ty. I (265). Mint N.H., radiant color, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2000 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,150.00), this is the highest grade awarded to date, only seven others share this grade

90
750
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2551
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Sale 962, Lot 2551, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)2c Carmine, Ty. II (266). Mint N.H. vertical block of six, fresh, small mark on pos. 5, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

660
325
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2552
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Sale 962, Lot 2552, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)2c Carmine, Ty. III (267). Mint N.H. with plate no. 291 at left, brilliant color, long and full perforations, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $305.00)

16
200
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2553
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Sale 962, Lot 2553, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)6c Dull Brown (271). Mint N.H., beautiful margins and attractively centered, lovely color on fresh bright paper, Very Fine and choice, with 1998 and 2008 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $750.00)

390
800
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2554
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Sale 962, Lot 2554, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)50c Orange (275). Mint N.H. with part top imprint selvage (faintly hinged in selvage), incredibly well-centered, deep rich color on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 50-CENT 1895 BUREAU ISSUE IS VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND WITH BOTH QUALITY CENTERING AND MINT NEVER-HINGED GUM.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate

1,000
1,700
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2555
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Sale 962, Lot 2555, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)50c Orange (275). Original gum, lightly hinged, lovely wide margins, vivid color on fresh paper, rather minor natural horizontal gum wrinkle top left, otherwise Very Fine and choice, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

325
400
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2556
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Sale 962, Lot 2556, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276). Original gum, intense shade, Fine

700
200
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2557
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Sale 962, Lot 2557, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$1.00 Black, Ty. I (276). Top imprint block of four, original gum, deep shade and proof-like impression, choice centering, perf separations at selvage expertly reattached, bottom left stamp small thin spot at top

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE IMPRINT BLOCK OF THE $1.00 TYPE I WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

This block comes from the fifteen Plate 76 rows that produced only Type I stamps.

With 2004 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as block of four with no premium for the imprint

3,000
1,800
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2558
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Sale 962, Lot 2558, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade, unusually choice centering, tiny natural gum wrinkle at top right not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Extremely Fine, with 1968 P.F. certificate for block of four

1,500
2,100
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2559
 
Sale 962, Lot 2559, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (276A). Well-centered, light face-free cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $335.00)

225
450
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2560
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Sale 962, Lot 2560, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$2.00 Bright Blue (277). Original gum, pretty color, reperfed at left, Extremely Fine appearance

1,200
350
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2561
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Sale 962, Lot 2561, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$5.00 Dark Green (278). With plate no. 85 selvage at bottom, original gum, deep rich color and proof-like impression, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $5.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE IN ANY CONDITION.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $12,200.00). Only one other hinged copy and one used have equalled this grade, and none has graded higher.

2,400
13,000
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2562
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Sale 962, Lot 2562, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Original gum with part bottom imprint selvage, rather attractive centering, magnificent color, crisp impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $5.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, SHOWING PART OF THE IMPRINT AT BOTTOM.

With 2008 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $3,350.00)

2,400
2,300
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2563
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Sale 962, Lot 2563, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Original gum, h.r., detailed impression, fresh and Very Fine

2,400
1,000
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2564
 
Sale 962, Lot 2564, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$5.00 Dark Green (278). Wide margins which are close to Jumbo proportions, almost perfectly centered, light cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.F. certificate

650
2,600
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2565
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Sale 962, Lot 2565, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)$5.00 Dark Green, Imperforate (278a). Horizontal pair, original gum, lightly hinged, large margins, fresh and crisp, rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING IMPERFORATE PAIR OF THE $5.00 1895 BUREAU ISSUE.

With 1988 P.F. certificate

3,500
1,900
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2566
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Sale 962, Lot 2566, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)2c Rose Carmine, Ty. IV (279Bc). Block of four with bottom left corner sheet selvage, original gum, top pair and bottom left single Mint N.H., other barely hinged, perfs close to touch, about Fine for this scarce shade multiple

2,550
375
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2567
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Sale 962, Lot 2567, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)4c Rose Brown (280). Mint N.H. block of four with horizontal guide line, wonderfully fresh, right pair natural gum wrinkle, otherwise that pair and one other Fine-Very Fine, top left beautifully centered and Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate, Scott Retail as four Mint N.H. singles

360
2,900
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2568
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Sale 962, Lot 2568, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)5c Dark Blue (281). Mint N.H., lovely margins and flawless centering, beautiful rich color on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING 5-CENT 1898 BUREAU ISSUE WITH A P.S.E. GRADE OF SUPERB 98.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $3,950.00). This is the only Mint N.H. No. 281 graded 98 (one higher, 98J) in the P.S.E. Population Report

110
3,750
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2569
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Sale 962, Lot 2569, 1894-98 Bureau Issues (Scott 246-284)15c Olive Green (284). Original gum, lightly hinged, much wider margins than typically seen and with near perfect centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $800.00)

175
550
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